Welcome to Maitri House Yoga, a community resource for tools of change.

Maitri House Yoga promotes personal and social well-being along the intersection of spirituality, social justice, and psychology.

From the shared practices of Buddhism, Yoga, Ayurveda and Psychology we find the unlimited potential for Self realization, spiritual discernment, mental equanimity and social health. MHY offers classes, workshops and retreats on Yoga and Social Justice, Thai herbs and cooking, Vedic Athletics, Practical Buddhist Dharma, Yogic Philosophy, and Cultural Competency. We offer guidance on the whole health of body and mind through Yoga Nidra, meditation, breath work, listening, life-style planning and cultural introspection. We invite you to use this site to learn more about any of these topics, register for any event, and sign up for private mindfulness-based athletic training sessions.

News and Events

Future of Meditation Research

June 28th, 2013

Michael has been invited by Esalen Institute and the Institute of Noetic Sciences to be a part of an invitational scholarly research group.  He is the new project coordinator and event facilitator of this research group, whose goals are to:

  • Evaluate the current state of the field, in terms of content (what we can say we know about meditation based on the evidence) and methods (how we know it);
  • Assess essential types of meditation, and types and aspects of meditation that have been under-studied or excluded from the current scientific dialogue;
  • Explore the contexts within which meditation is taught, and the intentions and goals of practitioners;
  • Explore how our worldviews can limit the questions being asked, and therefore the knowledge that can or cannot be gained;
  • Review the relations of extraordinary experiences and abilities, and how they are favored, neglected, or suppressed by cultural, religious, and moral attitudes toward them;
  • Create a common list of measures that researchers may employ in their future research, and share what they find in a follow-up meeting;
  • Envision what a future, more inclusive, science of meditation would look like.

Michael is excited to be a part of this pioneering group of meditation researchers on behalf of the patients he serves at the VA hospital, as well as the underserved communities Michael still reaches out to.

Yoga Alliance Leadership Conference

August 9th, 2011

Michael has been invited to lead a workshop on teaching Yoga to underserved populations at Yoga Alliance’s National Yoga Leadership Conference in the Fall.  We are very excited to have Michael facilitate a session on the intersection of Yoga and Social Justice.  Michael will guide Yoga teachers through a compassionate examination of their own beliefs and judgments about underserved populations. He will use several of the eight limbs as ethical and moral standards for serving students in challenging environments. Attendees will gain teaching skills to encourage students to connect, accept and forgive the deeper aspects of Self.

Please check out http://yogaalliance.org/conf/YALC2011_program.html#sessions for more information about this great event.

USA Productions and Maitri House Yoga

August 9th, 2011

We are beginning a new partnership with USA Productions to offer our Vedic Athletic Training Program to their athletes.  USA Productions offers great athletic events in California: triathlons, open swim races, duathlons, and aquabike events.  Their events are full of great music, food, routes and amazing people who love challenges and movement.  Please visit usaproductions.org to see a listing of their athletic events.  We look forward to being a part of their events and look forward to seeing you there!

Workshop-Eat, Sleep, Yoga!

April 29th, 2011

Saturday, May 14th At Yoga Movement in Walnut Creek with Diane Valentine, Michael and E.

Please visit here for more information and to sign up.  Cost is $60.  Or check out yoga-movement.com.

Diane will lead a Yummy Feldenkrais movements class, Michael will lead a restful Yoga Nidra and Dharma talk, and E will create three Spring time Thai dishes.  Please bring your own utensils and plate/bowl.  Mats and blankets are provided for.  We look forward to practicing and eating with you!

Movie of the Month, and introducing Ryoko

February 21st, 2011

Hello Friends,

We would like to formally introduce Ryoko Suzuki who will be teaching Yoga during our next Thailand trip this coming December.  She is warm and friendly and also very excited to join MHY for our next adventure.  You can learn more about Ryoko here at www.healingspiritbodywork.com/contact.html.  We are looking forward to a long lasting relationship and many years of co-teaching.

This month’s movie is called Blindsight, about 6 blind Tibetan teenagers who trust in a blind American mountain climber as he leads them up a 23,000ft mountain next to Everest.  Its both heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time as you witness the social, cultural and  inter/intra personal struggles of these six teenagers.